Red Raiders Romp Over Rival Falmouth Clippers in Softball Tilt

FALMOUTH — It was Barnstable High’s best effort of the season.

Written off as simply not good enough early in the season, the Red Raider softball team (4-7) used a combination of effective pitching and timely hitting Tuesday afternoon at Falmouth High and defeated the host archrival Clippers, 12-0.

Barnstable High's Rachel Creswell delivers the pitch to Falmouth's Olivia Rowell in the Red Raiders' 12-0 victory Tuesday afternoon at Falmouth High. Sean Walsh/ Sports Photos

Barnstable High’s Rachel Creswell delivers the pitch to Falmouth’s Olivia Rowell in the Red Raiders’ 12-0 victory Tuesday afternoon at Falmouth High.
Sean Walsh/ Sports Photos

It was Rachel Creswell’s first appearance on the mound for the Red & White and she did not disappoint, going the distance for her first win of the season as well as her first career pitching shutout. Creswell went six innings, walked three and allowed four hits. She struck out none, but stranded a pair of Falmouth baserunners at third as her teammates plated run after run. She also went 2-5 with one RBI at the plate.

“This is the best we have looked on both sides of the ball,” first-year head coach Martha Deusser said. “This was the first game Rachel pitched for us this season and she was outstanding. (I’m) a very proud coach.”

Falmouth’s Kathleen Desmond struck out eight but the visiting Red Raiders belted out 13 hits for two runs in the third inning, two in the fourth, five in the fifth and three in the sixth frame. The game was called after Falmouth got its turn at bat in the bottom of the sixth due to the 12-run rule.

Tied at 0-0 going into the top of the third inning, Barnstable’s Cassidy Lariviere (2-5, 3 RBI) got the rally going with a one-out single, followed by a double from Sara Higgins (2-3, RBI) and an RBI-single from Creswell. That 2-0 lead would prove to be all Creswell needed to complete her masterpiece.

Granted, she got some pretty nifty leather-work from her teammates behind her, including a spectacular one-hop line-drive stab at third base in the third inning that pegged Kat Bresko who had tripled and then fired over to first for the double play.

Barnstable’s Ashlie Curtiss went 2-3 and scored three runs and Shannon Kennedy-Cabral went 2-3 with two RBI to ad to the offensive damage caused by the Red Raider bats.

“Defensively, we only had one error,” Coach Deusser said. “We only gave up four hits. No passed balls and only three walks.”

Barnstable hits the road Thursday to visit Notre Dame Academy in Hingham with hopes of avenging an earlier season rout.

Falmouth is slated to welcome a tough Dennis-Yarmouth team on Friday at 4:00 pm in an Atlantic Coast League contest.

— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for His email is [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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